»M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The master-of-science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) prepares students to become fully credentialed and licensed speech language pathologists, clinicians and/or supervisors in healthcare and education settings.

This full-time, intensive program is a rich combination of didactic and clinical/fieldwork courses providing carefully guided internships each semester. Placements include hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, agencies, early intervention programs, and K-12 public schools.  Students have both on-site supervisors and university supervisors assigned for each setting.

Through skillful modeling and leadership, and highly individualized instruction, students develop the necessary professional competencies to:

  • Assess and treat persons with developmental or acquired communication disorder, such as stuttering, deafness/hearing loss, cleft palate, articulation disorder, child language disorder, autism spectrum disorder, voice abnormality, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and swallowing disorders;
  • Counsel and support individuals, their spouses, family members, siblings, educators and other professionals on the use of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, augmentative and alternative communication systems, and other technology to communicate effectively.

Council on Academic Accreditation logoThe CSD program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation Audiology and Speech Language Pathology and approved by the California Council of Teacher Credentials (CTC).  Graduates are eligible for a California Speech Language Pathology Services Credential, a California state license in speech language pathology, and a national Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA.


+-Chapman University to host athletes for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Special Olympics logoLos Angeles, California will host the 2015 Special Olympics World Games from July 25 - August 2, 2015

On December 11, 2014, Chapman University and the City of Orange were named as an official host town for the athletes participating in this summer's events.  

Click here to read the official announcement.

You can be apart of this event by volunteering, donating, or attending the Special Olympics World Games.  

Click here to find out how


+-Changing the world, one athlete at a time

Chancellor Daniele StruppaIn the Dec. 23rd edition of the OC Register, Chapman University Chancellor Dr. Daniele Struppa wrote about the role of Chapman University in Special Olympics World Games Host Town for 2015 and praising the College of Educational Studies Communication Science and Disorders Program and Dr. Judy Montgomery.

"...as chancellor of our great university, I am proud to say that we directly play a significant role, not only as partners in next summer’s events, but with the long-time commitment of our faculty. Chapman University houses one of the best communication sciences and disorders master’s programs in the country. The director of the program, Judy Montgomery, has been a volunteer for Special Olympics for 15 years worldwide. For these many years she has served as the clinical director of healthy hearing, providing hearing screening to assure the athletes can hear their families, coaches and fans as they compete."

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+-CSD Students at the OC Childhood Language Center

CSD Students at Scottish Rite CenterWhen a child needs to be evaluated for a possible speech or language issue, it is understandable that their parents might feel anxious and concerned.  At the Orange County Childhood Language Center children and their parents are always given a warm and friendly welcome.  Chapman Students and CSD Director Judy Montgomery hold a constant presence at the center while they help children to overcome speech, language and learning challenges.

+-Program at a Glance

  • 30-student cohort model with entry each fall
  • A 64-unit program designed to be completed in two years (including summer terms) with 10-12 units of coursework and practicum per semester
  • Late afternoon and evening classes
  • Required 400 hours of supervised practicum in education and healthcare settings

CSD Course Sequence (.pdf)

+-Two Emphases Areas Combined

School-Based Setting Emphasis: 
The school-based setting emphasis prepares candidates to assess and treat preschool through high school students with communication disabilities that adversely affect their academic success. Students will become familiar with federal and state laws, family counseling, evidence-based practice in articulation and language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, language/literacy delays, attention deficit disorders and augmentative and alternative communication.

Medically Related Conditions Emphasis: The medically-related conditions emphasis focuses on the conditions of voice disorder, neuro-physiological syndromes, dysphagia (swallowing), and stroke rehabilitation, and any injury or illness that results in speech language impairment. Speech-language pathologists work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community clinics and private practice.

To combine the two emphasis areas, special clinical training sessions are incorporated into the program each year at no additional cost, e.g. Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center, Illumination Foundation, Head Injury Program at Coastline Community College, AAC Camp, Stroke Survivor Boot Camp, Communication Recovery Group, Literacy for Homeless Students, Feeding for At Risk Infants, Preschool Speech and Language Screenings, Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Screening, Cleft Palate Panel, Sunrise Assisted Living Center Meal and Hearing Aid Programs, Weekend Fluency Sessions, Brain Injury Treatment Program, and more.


CSD Course Progression Plan (.pdf)


To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following:

  • Please visit the CSDCAS webpage to apply to the Communication Sciences & Disorders program.
    (The 2014-2015 application cycle will open SEPTEMBER 17th, 2014. Applicants wishing to apply for the 2015 cycle may not create an account or send documents or tests scores to CSDCAS prior to this date. Documents received by CSDCAS prior to this date will not be accepted).
  • Undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or the Post-Baccalaureate equivalent (leveling courses, see below).  Minors or leveling courses completed outside the US will not be accepted.  All leveling course must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university in the US.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores taken within the last five years (can be submitted directly to CSDCAS [code 0690]).
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions attended (submitted through CSDCAS);
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from an academic source, which describe your professional and academic abilities (submitted through CSDCAS);
  • A personal essay that will be used to assess the applicant’s writing skills, career commitment and professional goals (submitted through CSDCAS).
  • Successful candidates have a minimum of 3.0 GPA and minimum GRE scores of 152 Verbal, 150 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical Writing.
  • The average GPA from the previous year was 3.64.
  • Successful paper-screened applicants will be contacted for a personal interview, or a Skype interview with the director.

+-Program Director and Faculty

Judy K. Montgomery, PhD CCC-SLPJudy Montgomery, PhD CCC-SLP, Full Professor, has four decades of experience as a speech language pathologist, federal grant director, school principal, director of special education and professor.  She earned her bachelor of science degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; her master’s degree in communication disorders from California State University-Long Beach and her doctorate from Claremont Graduate School. She has been a full professor at Chapman University for 22 years, teaching in the masters program in Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders and at the doctoral level in Disability Studies.

An active researcher, Dr. Montgomery has written 13 books, 18 peer-reviewed journal articles, one standardized test and over 50 other book chapters and scholarly publications in the field. She is the editor-in-chief of an international journal, Communication Disorders Quarterly, with SAGE Publications.  She is an ASHA Board Specialist in Child Language and consults frequently with school districts, state departments of education and international speech language hearing entities.

Dr. Montgomery has held the position of President of four national professional organizations – including the 180,000-member American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in 1995. Recently, she served as the Chair of the Scientific and Professional Education Board of ASHA, and the Global Clinical Coordinator of the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Program in Washington DC. 

She has received numerous awards including the Chapman University Scudder Award (twice), the John and Annie Glenn SLP School Leadership Award (2008), the California Speech Language Hearing (CSHA) Honors of the Association (2010), the ASHA Honors of the Association (2010), and the Orange County Board of Education Outstanding Education Award (2014).


  • Janet Dodd, SLPD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor
  • Mary R.T. Kennedy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Full Professor
  • Angela Mandas, MA, CCC-SLP, Fieldwork Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty
  • Christy Bowers, CCC-SLP, Assistant Fieldwork Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty
  • Elisabeth Ward, MA CCC-SLP. Assistant Professor

Adjunct Faculty

Clinical Supervisors

  • Chris Switzer, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Deborah Warren, MA CCC-SLP
  • Katherine Bowman, MS CCC-SLP
  • Liz Eszlinger, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Tracy Kerns, MA CCC-SLP
  • Katie Kolstad, MA  CCC-SLP
  • Angie Torres, MA CCC-SLP
  • Leslie Sierra-Guzman, MA CCC-SLP
  • Laura Garcia-Maxey, MA CCC-SLP
  • Denise Schwartz, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Deanna  Teramoto. MS, CCC-SLP

+-CSD Board of Counselors

The CSD Board of Counselors is both an advisory board and a student and faculty support organization comprised of community members and professionals with a deep interest and commitment to the field, and specifically this CSD Program at Chapman University.  Members meet twice a year with the Program Director and the Dean to discuss important activities and needs within the program, and hear directly from graduate students and alumni.

  • Gilbert R. Herer, PhD    Audiologist, Professor Emeritis, George Washington University, Washington DC.
  • Jim Aten, PhD, Speech Language Pathologist, Retired Chief of Speech Pathology, VA Hospital Long Beach CA.
  • Sharlene Goodman, MA, Speech Language Pathologist, Chief Executive Officer, Newport Language and Speech Center, Mission Viejo, CA
  • Larry Goodman, President, WinWays, Transitional Living for Individuals with Brain Injuries, Orange, CA
  • James Stansell, Retired.  Son of the Founding Faculty member of original CSD Program at Chapman University, Dr. Barbara Stansell, San Diego, CA
  • Harry Rosenberg, Retired Aerospace Engineer, Boeing, Los Angeles.
  • Ron Wenkart. JD, General Counsel, Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa, CA.
  • Cathy Jones, Executive Director, Hear the World Foundation
  • Frankie Rosario, Vice President, Extron Co., Orange, CA.

+-Post Baccalaureate Extended Education Courses

This accelerated certificate program in communication disabilities studies is designed for students interested in completing pre-requisites (leveling courses) necessary to apply for a master's degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Chapman University or another institution with an accredited program.

Students admitted to CU's year-long post-baccalaureate cohort program will complete ten courses – two courses each eight-week term for five consecutive terms totaling 30 credits*. The two courses each term will meet every-other-weekend for four weeks. Friday evenings (5:00-9:30 p.m. with 1/2 –hour dinner break) and and Saturdays (8 a.m.-5 p.m. with 1-hour lunch break).

Please visit the CU Extended Education site for more information.

+-Student Organization


The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association that consists of graduate and undergraduate students involved in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  It is the only national student organization in the field that is recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  NSSLHA helps raise awareness about the profession of speech-language pathology, and promotes the awareness of speech and/or language disorders.  The members of NSSLHA engage in a variety of community service and volunteering opportunities in the local community and the greater Los Angeles area, such as the Relay for Life, MS Walk, Autism Walk, Surfer Healing, Down Syndrome Organization, BRAIN, and the Special Olympics.

The organization collects dues, elects officers, raises funds, and provides leadership opportunities within Region 10 in the US. The CU student chapter has been awarded National Gold Status for the last 3 years. 


Learn more about NSSLHA as well as the students and recent events by visiting our website at:

+-Contact Us

For additional information about our M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, please contact:

MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders front desk

Judy Montgomery, Ph.D., CCC-SLP 

For additional admission information, please contact: 
Office of Graduate Admission 
888-CU-APPLY / 714-997-6711
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Find out more about the CSD program as well as the Extended Education Post Baccalaureate CSD certificate program and other graduate programs offered in the CES. Register here for an information session and receive a free parking permit. If you do not have time to schedule a tour with the Admissions Office you can use the self-guided tour brochure (PDF) and campus map (PDF) to take a spin around our beautiful campus!

Support the CSD Program!

Scholarships for students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program are one of the areas of greatest need. To find out how you can give to the CSD program and support the work our students are doing, please visit the Support CSD page. Every dollar helps!